|Now we are going to look at the second binding on the Bibliotheque Nationale list of bindings they show as being those of Derome le jeune. On the page describing this binding they go into a long song and dance about how this is a Derome binding, but when we download high resolution images of the imprints what do we find??? The same (identical) imprints that we detailed on the last page that were supposed to be from an undentified workshop! Here we find not only identical tools but tools that I show as being those of the MM binder. Here is proof that the Bibliotheque Nationale do not know what they are doing.|
|When you read their reasons for attributing this binding to Derome you will see that they count heavily, on the opinion of a certain Giles Barber, I can tell you that he has made the mistake of referring to past experts instead of doing his own research, many of them, the greatest French experts have been fooled by this binder as I have detailed on a number of pages but more specifically in regards to Derome on this page (http://www.cyclopaedia.org/unidentified/mm-binder-2.html)|
In Comparative Diagrams I and 2, I show identical imprints from the two BnF bindings BnF, RLR, B-182 and BnF, RLR, B-183. I can produce many more comparative diagrams from these binding to demonstrate that they were decorated with the same tools, and if the first binding is from an unidentified workshop then so must be the second. Neither of which were made by Derome le jeune. Of the six Derome examples shown by the Bibliotheque Nationale 4 are not by Derome, this is a poor batting average so far on the next page we will examine another in the hopes of finding at last a trace of Derome's tools. But here I want to make a point, and that is, that when you are examining bindings of this sort, large dentelles with a multitude of different imprints, you are not struggling to identify one or two imprints, All the imprints or most if you don't recognize them all, should be clearly those of the binder in question, it is a mistake to isolate just one imprint and say it is possibly the right kind! Below in Comparative Diagram 3, I show the differences between Derome's imprint and this BnF, RLR, B-182 example, more proof that this supposed Derome example presented by the BnF is not a Derome (booksellers beware)!
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|Even experts are sometimes wrong, before you spend thousands on a book, please do your own research! Just because I say a certain binding can be attributed to le Maitre isn't any kind of guarantee, don't take my word for it, go a step further and get your own proof. In these pages I have provided you with a way of doing just that.|
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